Sunday, July 22, 2012

Paint My Wings So I Can Fly - Paper Plate Butterfly


Paint My Wings So I Can Fly - Paper Plate Butterfly

Age: 18 Months - 5 Years (younger ones need more supervision)

Time: 15 min (+ Prep)

Theme: Butterflies

Books: Waiting for Wings by Lois Ehlert, The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Materials:

Large paper plates

Water Colors (or other kid friendly paints)

Dark Colored Pipe Cleaners

Adults get to use Scissors & Hole Punch

Prep: Fold the plate in half then cut a scalloped edge on the folded side. (The result should be two pieces that look a little like a pair of kidney beans.) With the pieces still facing each other, punch two holes about 2” apart on the rounded edge of the plate.

Activity: Each child gets a Pair of wings (cut plate) and paints to decorate them with. Encourage kids to mix colors, paint both sides, experiment! When they are finished painting, give the plates a few minutes to dry. (Hint – kids love to wash brushes almost as much as they love paint!) With a little help from an adult, ‘stitch’ the wings together with the pipe cleaner, leaving the long ends to become antenna. Take your butterfly on a flower finding adventure!

Notes/Tips: For ease of clean-up, cover the workspace with newspaper in advance and provide a paper towel to each kid to use as they work. Crayons can also be used instead of paints for an even lower mess factor.  

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